Craig Kieswetter keeps spot in England one-day squad
England have announced their one-day squad for the upcoming NatWest series with Australia and one-off game with Scotland in Edinburgh.
Craig Kieswetter has retained his place whilst Michael Yardy has been rewarded for his performances in the Caribbean and makes the 13-man squad.
Alistair Cook misses out after captaining in Bangladesh, but Tim Bresnan has recovered from a stress fracture in his left foot and will be able to take part.
Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad will make their returns after both were rested for the recent two-match series with Bangladesh.
National selector Geoff Miller explained that Michael Yardy’s inclusion is looking into the future and in particular the World cup in the subcontinent where spin will of course be key.
“Michael Yardy’s inclusion is a reward for performing consistently to a high level in the World T20 in the Caribbean and also reflects our longer term planning for a World Cup in the Indian sub-continent next year in which spin bowling will be a major feature,” said Miller.
Miller also paid tribute to Ian Bell’s domestic form with Warwickshire.
He went on to all but confirm that Craig Kieswetter would sit at the top of the order.
Full England squad to face Scotland and Australia: Andrew Strauss (captain) James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy